Best Kept Secrets in ROC

Exploring Turning Point park

I love to explore and find awesome places where I can let my soul free and let my guilty appetite slip away. As a Rochester native, I have been to many parks, restaurants and family-owned businesses that make living here feel just right.

I recently thought about how much my favorite places mean to me, so what better way to share something you love than to share it with your fellow classmates and peers?

If you love hiking and exploring nature outdoors, then I have the perfect place for you. Turning Point Park is located on the Genesee River. It is a wooded acre park with bike trails, walkways, and a soothing waterfall. There is also a boardwalk that leads all the way to the Irondequoit Bay Bridge.  It is beautiful during the summer as you are able to see multiple turtles basking in the sun. You can go for walks, runs, and even do some fishing.

The next best kept secret for outdoorsy folks is the Maplewood Rose Garden. The Maplewood Rose Garden is located on Driving Park Ave. in Rochester. It’s a popular location for wedding ceremonies, parades, and music festivals.

For those of you who have a bit of a sweet tooth, especially on a hot day, Lugia’s is the place to go. Lugia’s Ice Cream is located on Lyell Rd. in Spencerport. It’s a window service ice cream shop that’s home to a variety of exceptional ice cream flavors. Lugia’s food trucks also show up around the city at fundraisers, parties, and events – and the best part about Lugia’s is that the portions are HUGE. (Be careful when you order a large; it is quite the accomplishment if you can completely devour it.)

While you are in the Spencerport area devouring ice cream, you might want to consider stopping by the Taste of Texas BBQ Restaurant located on S. Union St. in Spencerport. It is the home of The Outlaw Potato, a one pound potato stuffed with butter, cheese, sour cream, bacon, chives, and piled high with pulled pork. (If you want to try The Outlaw Potato closer to campus you can stop by The Outlaw Potato Shack in Greece on W. Ridge Rd.)

The final best kept secret in Rochester is Pino’s Deli on W. Ridge Rd. The owner, Joseph Merlo, is from Italy and migrated here with his own delicious recipes. They serve a plethora of satisfying salads, subs, desserts, and imported foods and condiments from Italy. Merlo does not take any shortcuts and makes all his foods and recipes the traditional Italian way.

Whether you are going for a hike or looking for a bite to eat, Rochester has you covered; you just have to take a jump out of the Golden Flyer nest.

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